English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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The Farmer's Curst Wife
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2   This old man went out to his plough, To see the old devil fly over his mow.
3   The old man cries out: I am undone, For the devil has come for my oldest son.
4  It's not your oldest son I want,
But your damned old scolding wife I'll have.
5   He took the old woman upon his back, And off he went with her packed in a sack.
6   He packed her back in one corner of hell, Saying : I hope the old devil will use you well.
7   Twelve little devils came walking by,
Then she up with her foot and kicked eleven in the fire.
8   The odd little devil peeped over the wall,
Saying: Take her back, daddy, or she will kill us all.
9   She was six months going and eight coming back, And she called for the mush she left in the pot,
10 The old man lay sick in the bed.
With an old pewter pipe she battered his head.
ii The old man cries out: I am to be cursed, She has been to hell and come back worse.